Hyderabad: KIMS doctors fix an artificial testis to a youth, who lost it due to genetic reasons in his younger days. This prosthetic testis, which is made of silicon gave him a lot of relief psychologically. Consultant Urologist of KIMS hospital, Dr Navuluru Upendra Kumar explains the case details and the surgical procedure they performed.
“A young boy, aged about 17-18 years was presented to our hospital with severe pain in his left testicles some four years ago. On testing, we came to know that the left testis was twisted and due to loss of blood supply, it came to a dead state. As the dead testis pose danger to the right one, we have removed the dead left testis and advised the young boy to come for the follow-up after a year. But he couldn’t come again due to the COVID pandemic. Now, he is fully grown up and is at the age of 23, worrying about his marital life. He came to KIMS hospital once again recently. So, we have decided to implant a prosthetic testis, made of silicon. It will not function as the original one, but the physical appearance will be such as he is having both the testicles. That gives the youth a lot of psychological relief throughout his life.
One in a thousand will have such a problem
One in a thousand will have such a problem, where their testis may get damaged. Testis gets twisted due to genetic reasons. In such cases, the blood supply to the testis will stop, and they will get severe pain. But, they feel it as some common problem and visit some physician or general surgeon. They usually give some antibiotics for a week to treat the swelling. That will give temporary relief but, the problem will reoccur. If the patient visits any urologist within 4 to 6 hours of getting pain, they can restore the blood supply and save the testis. If they come late, there is no other go than removing the dead testis. This youth also had the same problem and now got the prosthetic testis.
He will not have any problems with his marital life in future. By god’s grace, the second testis is safe. So, he will have normal family life and fertility too. The silicone material will not cause any kind of infection. They are available for a long period, but most of the doctors are not using this. Patients will get a lot of relief” explained Dr Navuluru Upendra Kumar.